Simultaneous Primary and Secondary Syphilis Associated with Syphilitic Alopecia and Folliculitis in an HIV Positive PatientIsabel Cristina Valente Duarte de Sousa*
Specialty in Dermatology, Hospital ABC Santa Fe. Av. Carlos Graef Fernandez, Mexico
- Corresponding Author:
- Isabel Cristina Valente Duarte de Sousa
Specialty in Dermatology
Hospital ABC Santa Fe. Av. Carlos Graef Fernandez
Consultorio, Cuajimalpa, Mexico
E-mail: [email protected]
Received Date: July 31, 2013; Accepted Date: August 30, 2013; Published Date: September 03, 2013
Citation: de Sousa ICVD (2013) Simultaneous Primary and Secondary Syphilis Associated with Syphilitic Alopecia and Folliculitis in an HIV Positive Patient. Hair Ther Transplant 3:108. doi:10.4172/2167-0951.1000108
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Syphilis has been classically divided into three clinical stages. The chancre that appears at the site of inoculation is referred to as the primary stage. The secondary stage is characterized by systemic involvement and the appearance of a disseminated maculopapular rash. Cardiovascular, neurologic and gummatous lesions characterize tertiary syphilis. The simultaneous presentation of primary and secondary syphilis has been reported because the chancre can persist into the secondary stage, especially in HIV positive patients. Although syphilitic alopecia is a rare manifestation of secondary syphilis it is an important differential diagnosis in the evaluation of patients with patchy hair loss. This article aims to present the case of a 34-year-old HIV-positive male patient that presented simultaneous primary and secondary syphilis associated with syphilitic alopecia and acute bacterial folliculitis.